This may sound bad, but the encouragement you get at those things sounds forced and overly enthused.
They talk as if you're a baby. I'm an alcoholic, not a simpleton. I like the advice and support my friends give me more. They just don't drink around me. Not that I'm asking them not to, they just don't
Still, it's hard.
I still go to the anger management stuff. I haven't ripped someone a new in two months either.